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comment -ship vs. -hood
testing server.
Nov
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answered What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?
Nov
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answered What's the difference between 'allow' and 'allow for'?
Nov
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answered “Analysis on” vs. “analysis of”
Nov
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answered “Give your best” vs. “give of your best”
Nov
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comment “Give your best” vs. “give of your best”
In the latter usage, of and from are synonymous: to give of one's best is to give from one's best. Give one's best tend more to connote quantitativeness, whether literally or figuratively. Giving of one's best tends to take more of a qualitative connotation. It is certainly true that
Nov
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answered Which one is correct, “best wishes to you” or “best wishes for you”?
Nov
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answered “Left as an exercise for the reader” vs. “to the reader”
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answered -ship vs. -hood
Nov
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comment Why is “definitely” so frequently typoed?
An ENT doc would probably find it interesting to compare such a misspelling distribution as in the OP, with a similar distribution of nasal and otic syndromes amoung an English speaking population sample
Nov
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suggested suggested edit on Why is “definitely” so frequently typoed?
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answered Why is “definitely” so frequently typoed?
Nov
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answered “Practice/practise” and “licence/license”
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answered Adjective for “terrified yet calm and capable”
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answered Looking for idiom/expression to describe an instance where one makes something seem better than it really is
Oct
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revised How did “sinister”, the Latin word for “left-handed”, get its current meaning?
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Oct
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answered How did “sinister”, the Latin word for “left-handed”, get its current meaning?
Oct
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comment Is it poor style to use adverbs ending in “ly” in formal writing?
I think the concept your suggestion seems to miss is the one called "standards and practices" that guides all publishing. To write as if speaking conversationally (to the level of readers) as opposed to grammatically is a development long in the rhetorical making. And, for what it is worth, with quite obvious success.
Oct
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answered Is it poor style to use adverbs ending in “ly” in formal writing?
Oct
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comment “Had better” — what is the meaning of this grammatically?
PS I only found this Q & A because I was searching for something related, and yet unrelated (perhaps an idiom, perhaps not, I will let you know....)